So I decided that for $70 I couldn't pass up the chance to start flying with a WWI warbird. I have flown full sized planes before and had been playing combat simulators since I was a wee tot and figured that if I could handle flying anything from a Sopwith Camel to a Spitfire, even a Corsair along with the Cessna 170 I flew last summer, a simple S.E.5a would be a breeze. Well I was right... ish. I ordered the plane and got it on the second day of the Weak Signals con where I got to meet Chad, Josh Bixler, and Alex. I wish I would have invited them to partake in a madden flight with me so that I would have had an experienced copilot to get some help from, seeing as I am completely self taught. I had a wonderful maden, needed very little trim and was doing loops and some high alphas in no time. I landed a little rough and popped the landing gear off. I glued those back on and flew some more, crashed a lot, busted the motor out of place and glued it back in. The plane was beautiful at one point, now it looks like a monster. I still love it, its just ugly. Recently the wire for the battery came loose mid flight and I lost power and really buggered things up. I think the shaft might be a little crooked now and the motor doesnt work to its full potential. Also when I soldered the wire back in place it somehow reversed the throttle controls. Instead of up being full, down is full. While fixing the wire, i touched the wire to the wrong spot (with the battery in) while trying to find the right spot and a little black piece on the board started spitting smoke. It still works now, just not to its fullest potential. My question is, am I at the point where I should be looking for a second plane to be flying or should I be scrapping the current plane for parts, or should I be replacing parts on my current plane? Advice please, and if someone would like to be my mentor that would be sweet.